“As a proud Aston Villa fan I was delighted to put a team in for the first ever Copa Del CL organised by Cure Leukaemia, even more delighted that we ended up with Villa favourites Ian Taylor and Lee Hendrie on our team, and then even more delighted that we went on to win the whole tournament! It was a great day and evening for a great cause, with the football played in a competitive spirit but also with a fun atmosphere. We’re already looking forward to this year’s event and trying to bring the trophy home again!”Nigel Boyle, Actor, Line of Duty
“I thoroughly enjoyed managing a team at the inaugural Copa Del CL at the unbelievable facilities which England use at St George’s Park. It was great for the teams to be able to play with and against former professionals and some of the tackles which flew in showed how competitive the tournament was. My only disappointment was that my team was beaten in the final, but it was a fantastic event for a charity which does so much to fight a disease which, unfortunately, has affected so many people in football.”Matt Murray, Former England Under-21 goalkeeper and now Sky Sports pundit
“Supporting the team at Cure Leukaemia and the vital work they are doing is paramount to LDC. The inaugural Copa Del CL provided the ideal springboard; it is original, ambitious, engaging and team focused allowing our LDC colleagues to lace up their boots and show their on-field talents in a unique location alongside some of the great names of English football. We look forward to supporting Cure Leukaemia further in 2019 and beyond with an even more exciting tournament.”Chris Hurley, Chief Portfolio Officer LDC (Event Sponsors)
“Copa Del Cure Leukaemia is an event that combines the best of football’s competitive spirit with the warmth of coming together for a worthwhile cause. For anyone interested in playing football, it is a truly memorable day, offering the chance to play with some of the game’s biggest names on a stage shared by the England national team.
“The star players may have hung up their boots but they have not lost a yard of competitive instinct which gives the games a great edge from the first whistle. To be able to experience all this at a venue as magnificent as St George’s Park is incredible. Participants can share a drink and a chat with the players off the pitch too, which adds to the dressing room atmosphere of the occasion.
“We also get to meet the real heroes of the fight against Leukaemia. The amazing Lizzie Dean was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia four years ago and relapsed for a second time in the summer of 2016, but she was then placed on a world-first clinical trial made possible by funds raised on days such as this and is currently in remission. She shared her brave and uplifting story, one of many that are a testament to why events like Copa Del CL provide such a legacy in the fight against leukaemia.””Johnny Phillips, Sky Sports
“We were delighted to host the ‘Copa Del Cure Leukaemia’ tournament in November. It’s always a pleasure to welcome former players and members of the football family to the site and see them don their boots, especially for such a worthy cause. There was a fantastic atmosphere both in the indoor 3G and at the hotel for the evening gathering and it was great to see everyone enjoy themselves.”Holly Murdoch, General Manager, St George’s Park